1. Just because it was a formality after Saturday's thrilling win over Missouri shouldn't lessen the impact of what Kansas accomplished Monday. The Jayhawks clinched the outright Big 12 regular season championship with a 70-58 win over Oklahoma State, marking the eighth straight season in which Kansas has won or shared the title. And what makes this one more significant than some of its predecessors is that many thought the Jayhawks lacked the talent to do it again after losing four starters from last season.
2. Among the biggest games in the nation tonight is a regular season-ending showdown between Big Sky co-leaders Weber State (23-4, 14-1) and Montana (22-6, 14-1). The winner not only takes the outright conference championship but also hosts the semifinals and championship game of the Big Sky tournament. Considering Weber State has won at least 10 conference games each of the past five years but hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2007, that makes tonight a critical game.
3. Apparently entirely unaware that a 68-team NCAA is big enough to give mediocre teams like Northwestern and Mississippi State a chance to make the field, North Carolina's new athletic director is advocating expanding to 128 teams. How utterly irrelevant would that make college basketball's regular season if Bubba Cunningham were to ever get his way? Well, here's one measure: The 128th-ranked team in the RPI is Nebraska, which is tied for last in the Big Ten with a 4-12 record.
4. Iona's path to earning the MAAC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament just got a bit less treacherous thanks to an injury suffered by one of their chief competitors. Fairfield has lost junior guard Derek Needham for the rest of the season to a broken foot suffered Friday against the Gaels. Needham was the second-leading scorer for the Stags (17-11, 12-6) at 11.8 points per game and led the team in assists.
5. The celebration after Kansas' rivalry-ending win over Missouri on Saturday night was wild enough in Lawrence that one former Jayhawk couldn't escape a brush with the law. Houston Rockets forward Marcus Morris received a misdemeanor battery citation early Sunday morning related to an alleged altercation at a Lawrence night club. Marcus and his twin brother Markieff both attended the Missouri game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Flash mobs are not one of my favorite recent trends, but those who enjoy them will probably like this clip from UConn's loss to Syracuse on Saturday night. If UConn's players worked together as seamlessly as its fans, the Huskies might not be in jeopardy of missing the NCAA tournament.
"He a bad boy, man." — Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor describing Oklahoma State's Keiton Page, who scored 29 points against the Jayhawks on Monday night. Kansas won 70-58 in spite of Page's big night. (ESPN via NBCSports.com)
• Wright State at Butler, 7 p.m. EST
• Michigan State at Indiana, 7 p.m. EST
• Xavier at Saint Louis, 9 p.m. EST
• Florida at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. EST
• Central Florida at Memphis, 9 p.m. EST
• Weber State at Montana, 9 p.m. EST